Kejriwal slams Ola, Uber, Delhi govt to ban surge pricing soon
NEW DELHI: Raising cab fares during high demand will be banned permanently in Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday, describing as “daylight robbery” taxi aggregator Ola and Uber’s business model that has angered many city commuters.
As the second phase of the oddeven road rationing scheme left thousands of people struggling to find transport under a blistering April sun, Kejriwal accused Ola and Uber, without naming them, of blackmailing the government.
On Monday, the government banned “surge pricing” – the term used for demand-linked taxi fares – till the odd-even scheme was in force but changed its mind after a severe shortage of cabs on the road fuelled people’s anger.
“Surge pricing is daylight robbery. No responsible govt can allow that (sic),” Kejriwal said in a tweet. After a user suggested that suspension of surge pricing should continue even after the odd-even scheme ends, Kejriwal added, “Yes. We will do it.” “Some taxis saying they will not provide cab if they are not allowed to loot. This is open blackmailing n govt will not let that happen (sic).” CONTINUED ON P11